Peggy’s Top Five for Stress-Free Gift Giving

We want you to feel good about the gifts you give. Keeping in mind that it truly is the thought behind the gift and spirit of generosity with which it is given that matter most, here are Peggy’s tips for giving gifts without succumbing to stress.

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  1. Get their wish list.

    Ask people for hints or even a wish list.  Gather ideas during the year, and write everything down.

  2. Trust your judgment.

    Forget about being afraid the gift isn’t “perfect.” If you think the person will like it, chances are they will.

  3. Stick to your budget.

    Spending more than you should takes the fun out of gift giving. There’s nothing more stressful than overspending—and feeling uneasy about it.

  4. Buy it when you see it.

    If you’re shopping in July and see a sweater that your mother would love, buy it. It probably won’t be there when you look in December.

  5. Start a gift closet.

    Stash a few gifts that will work in a pinch: copies of your favorite cookbook, a good bottle of wine, or boxes of beautiful note cards. That way you’ll be ready if need a gift on the spot.


  1. Jody

    These are all excellent suggestions. I always ask my family what they want, and especially ask my sister what her kids would like (my nieces and nephew don’t say much about their wish list). Some posters on this list have weighed in against gift cards but sometimes that’s what the recipient wants!

    I also have my “gift closet” that I add to every year. Sometimes stores have a special “buy X number for X price” but one item is full price. If I need only one of that item, I’ll buy the total number to get the special price and the extras go in my gift closet.

    I also used to worry that I wasn’t spending the same amount on a gift that the recipient was spending on me. I stopped that by telling myself “you’re spending what you can afford and they’re spending what they can afford.”

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